A screenshot is a picture that is taken of your computer screen, by your computer, and saved immediately. Screenshots are often taken to show someone something you’re looking at but just can’t really describe. You can also use a screenshot to save something you’re looking at to print later or use in a presentation. The reasons you take a screenshot are varied, but they only matter if you know how to do it. The process is different based on whether you are using a Mac or a PC. Here, we will focus on how to take a screenshot on Windows.
Learn how to take a screenshot on Windows to maximize your productivity both in your personal life and for work on your PC.
While Windows is a very popular operating system in the world, there are still those who don’t know how to do everything on it. Taking a screenshot is something that not everyone knows how to do.
The idea of a screenshot has become more popular thanks to the smartphone which makes it simple to take a screenshot. On most smartphones, all you need to do to get a screenshot is press the screen on/off button and the volume up or down button at the same time.
Things can be just as simple on your PC, once you know how to take a screenshot on Windows.
How to Take a Screenshot on Windows Using Keys
There are many ways to take a screenshot on a Windows computer but the easiest is with the keys you already have on your keyboard. The easiest and most efficient way to take a screenshot is to just tap the Print Screen (“PrtScr”) key.
When you use this key to take a screenshot, it will be copied to the clipboard (rather than saved to your computer) and then you can paste it anywhere that allows pasted content.
You can also press the Windows + “PrtScr” keys together. This will take a screenshot of your entire screen. The Windows key is the key that looks like the Windows logo, usually in the lower-left corner of your keyboard.
Another combination of keys you can use is the Windows + “H” keys together. This is the best way to take a screenshot if you want to share it immediately after. This combination will take a screenshot of the entire screen and then open up the Windows Share toolbar so you can send it out.
The “Alt” + “PrtScr” keys can also be used to take a screenshot and then send the image directly to your clipboard. This combination only takes a screenshot of the open, active window on your screen. You can then edit the image on the clipboard and save it however you’d like.
How to Take a Screenshot on Windows with the Snipping Tool
While the keys are the easiest way to take a screenshot on Windows, there is an app for it as well. The Snipping Tool can be found by going to the Windows toolbar, scroll down to find Windows Accessories, and then select Snipping Tool.
The tool will then open up a small window that allows you to select which mode to use. If you just want to take a screenshot of the entire screen, click “New” and then crop the rectangle to select what you want to capture. You can also use free form, select a specific window, or just use full screen.
Note: The Snipping Tool doesn’t automatically save the screenshot. You will need to manually save the screenshot before you close out the Snipping Tool. But if you only want to paste it somewhere, you won’t need to save the image since it will be available on your clipboard.